Chelsea managed to secure a much-needed victory against Bournemouth in their matchday thirty-five fixture at the Vitality Stadium. However, the victory was marred by controversial decisions by the referee and VAR that favoured the Blues.
In the opening minutes of the first half, Conor Gallagher scored a brilliant header to put Chelsea ahead. However, Bournemouth cancelled out the goal almost immediately through Ryan Christie's assist. Down into the final minutes of the match, Benoit Badiashile put Chelsea back into the lead from Hakim Ziyech's assist. Joao Felix then came on as a substitute and extended Chelsea's lead to 3-1 from Raheem Sterling's assist.
While Chelsea fans were ecstatic with the win, it was clear that the referee and VAR made some questionable decisions that favoured the Blues. One of the most controversial moments of the match came when Bournemouth's Solanke was fouled in the penalty area by Thiago Silva. However, the referee and VAR chose not to award a penalty, much to the disappointment of Bournemouth fans and players.
It is not the first time that VAR has come under fire for making questionable decisions. The technology was introduced to ensure that there were no more controversies in football, but it seems to be causing more problems than it is solving. Fans and pundits alike have called for more clarity and consistency in the use of VAR.
While Chelsea deserved the victory against Bournemouth, the referee and VAR's questionable decisions have once again brought the technology under scrutiny. It is essential that football's governing bodies take a closer look at VAR and ensure that it is used correctly and fairly in all matches.
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